The quarantine in cases of contagion or contact with positives of COVID-19 in France passes fourteen to seven days, as Prime Minister Jean Castex announced this Friday.
“The duration of isolation is reduced to seven days; that is, the time in which there is a true risk of contagion“Castex said at a press conference after the meeting of the Government Defense Council.
The French Executive makes this decision before the worsening epidemic situation and the increase in daily infections of the coronavirus, which have reached 8,000 in recent days, confident that the reduction in isolation will make compliance more effective.
“The virus is increasingly circulating in France. The incidence level has risen to 72 cases per 100,000 people compared to 57 a week ago. For the first time in many weeks, we observed a significant increase in hospitalized people “, reported Castex.
Waiting time for tests too long
In the last two weeks, France has reached more than one million weekly diagnostic tests, but the Government wants decongest the system and speed up the circuits, for which it will facilitate controls between symptomatic and risky people.
“The waiting time is too important, especially in certain cities “, has indicated Castex.
To solve it they will hire 2,000 people in the social security that will work in the detection of contagion cases and contacts, and will establish special hours for the priority in laboratories, specialized centers and even temporary camps.
The government wants avoid a general reconfinement at all costs and has insisted that, after the relaxation observed during the summer, the main measures against the virus are physical distance, frequent hand washing and the use of masks.
The situation leads the authorities to declare 42 departments on red alert due to strong circulation of the virus and to ask the prefects of Marseille, Bordeaux and Guadeloupe to present additional measures to stop the advance of the epidemic in the face of the deterioration of the situation.